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    Original article Posted on http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americ...sp?story=482947

    George W Bush and the real state of the Union

    Today the President gives his annual address. As the election battle begins, how does his first term add up?


    20 January 2004


    232: Number of American combat deaths in Iraq between May 2003 and January 2004

    501: Number of American servicemen to die in Iraq from the beginning of the war - so far

    0: Number of American combat deaths in Germany after the Nazi surrender to the Allies in May 1945

    0: Number of coffins of dead soldiers returning home from Iraq that the Bush administration has allowed to be photographed

    0: Number of funerals or memorials that President Bush has attended for soldiers killed in Iraq

    100: Number of fund-raisers attended by Bush or Vice-President Dick Cheney in 2003

    13: Number of meetings between Bush and Tony Blair since he became President

    10 million: Estimated number of people worldwide who took to the streets in opposition to the invasion of Iraq, setting an all-time record for simultaneous protest

    2: Number of nations that Bush has attacked and taken over since coming into the White House

    9.2: Average number of American soldiers wounded in Iraq each day since the invasion in March last year

    1.6: Average number of American soldiers killed in Iraq per day since hostilities began

    16,000: Approximate number of Iraqis killed since the start of war

    10,000: Approximate number of Iraqi cililians killed since the beginning of the conflict

    $100 billion: Estimated cost of the war in Iraq to American citizens by the end of 2003

    $13 billion: Amount other countries have committed towards rebuilding Iraq (much of it in loans) as of 24 October

    36%: Increase in the number of desertions from the US army since 1999

    92%: Percentage of Iraq's urban areas that had access to drinkable water a year ago

    60%: Percentage of Iraq's urban areas that have access to drinkable water today

    32%: Percentage of the bombs dropped on Iraq this year that were not precision-guided

    1983: The year in which Donald Rumsfeld gave Saddam Hussein a pair of golden spurs

    45%: Percentage of Americans who believed in early March 2003 that Saddam Hussein was involved in the 11 September attacks on the US

    $127 billion: Amount of US budget surplus in the year that Bush became President in 2001

    $374 billion: Amount of US budget deficit in the fiscal year for 2003

    1st: This year's deficit is on course to be the biggest in United States history

    $1.58 billion: Average amount by which the US national debt increases each day

    $23,920: Amount of each US citizen's share of the national debt as of 19 January 2004

    1st: The record for the most bankruptcies filed in a single year (1.57 million) was set in 2002

    10: Number of solo press conferences that Bush has held since beginning his term. His father had managed 61 at this point in his administration, and Bill Clinton 33

    1st: Rank of the US worldwide in terms of greenhouse gas emissions per capita

    $113 million: Total sum raised by the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign, setting a record in American electoral history

    $130 million: Amount raised for Bush's re-election campaign so far

    $200m: Amount that the Bush-Cheney campaign is expected to raise in 2004

    $40m: Amount that Howard Dean, the top fund-raiser among the nine Democratic presidential hopefuls, amassed in 2003

    28: Number of days holiday that Bush took last August, the second longest holiday of any president in US history (Recordholder: Richard Nixon)

    13: Number of vacation days the average American worker receives each year

    3: Number of children convicted of capital offences executed in the US in 2002. America is only country openly to acknowledge executing children

    1st: As Governor of Texas, George Bush executed more prisoners (152) than any governor in modern US history

    2.4 million: Number of Americans who have lost their jobs during the three years of the Bush administration

    221,000: Number of jobs per month created since Bush's tax cuts took effect. He promised the measure would add 306,000

    1,000: Number of new jobs created in the entire country in December. Analysts had expected a gain of 130,000

    1st: This administration is on its way to becoming the first since 1929 (Herbert Hoover) to preside over an overall loss of jobs during its complete term in office

    9 million: Number of US workers unemployed in September 2003

    80%: Percentage of the Iraqi workforce now unemployed

    55%: Percentage of the Iraqi workforce unemployed before the war

    43.6 million: Number of Americans without health insurance in 2002

    130: Number of countries (out of total of 191 recognised by the United Nations) with an American military presence

    40%: Percentage of the world's military spending for which the US is responsible

    $10.9 million: Average wealth of the members of Bush's original 16-person cabinet

    88%: Percentage of American citizens who will save less than $100 on their 2006 federal taxes as a result of 2003 cut in capital gains and dividends taxes

    $42,000: Average savings members of Bush's cabinet are expected to enjoy this year as a result in the cuts in capital gains and dividends taxes

    $42,228: Median household income in the US in 2001

    $116,000: Amount Vice-President Cheney is expected to save each year in taxes

    44%: Percentage of Americans who believe the President's economic growth plan will mostly benefit the wealthy

    700: Number of people from around the world the US has incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

    1st: George W Bush became the first American president to ignore the Geneva Conventions by refusing to allow inspectors access to US-held prisoners of war

    +6%: Percentage change since 2001 in the number of US families in poverty

    1951: Last year in which a quarterly rise in US military spending was greater than the one the previous spring

    54%: Percentage of US citizens who believe Bush was legitimately elected to his post

    1st: First president to execute a federal prisoner in the past 40 years. Executions are typically ordered by separate states and not at federal level

    9: Number of members of Bush's defence policy board who also sit on the corporate board of, or advise, at least one defence contractor

    35: Number of countries to which US has suspended military assistance after they failed to sign agreements giving Americans immunity from prosecution before the International Criminal Court

    $300 million: Amount cut from the federal programme that provides subsidies to poor families so they can heat their homes

    $1 billion: Amount of new US military aid promised Israel in April 2003 to offset the "burdens" of the US war on Iraq

    58 million: Number of acres of public lands Bush has opened to road building, logging and drilling

    200: Number of public-health and environmental laws Bush has attempted to downgrade or weaken

    29,000: Number of American troops - which is close to the total of a whole army division - to have either been killed, wounded, injured or become so ill as to require evacuation from Iraq, according to the Pentagon

    90%: Percentage of American citizens who said they approved of the way George Bush was handling his job as president when asked on 26 September, 2001

    53%: Percentage of American citizens who approved of the way Bush was handling his job as president when asked on 16 January, 2004
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    What Australians think of the speech.

    http://smh.com.au/polls/world/results.html

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    i wonder how long it'll take our righteous american members to try and play down or deny these facts


    great post though,
    On a given day or given circumstance, you think you have a limit.
    And you then go for this limit and you touch this limit and you think "Ok, this is the limit".
    As soon as you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further.
    With your mind power, your determination, your instinct and the experience as well, you can fly very high.

    - Ayrton Senna, R.I.P.

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    Originally posted by 4th gen@21 January 2004 - 06:57
    i wonder how long it'll take our righteous american members to try and play down or deny these facts


    great post though,
    Well i would like to go on record as stating that i think GW Bush is the worst presedent in US history. Not just for his handling of world affairs but also for his handling of the economy and other social home issues.
    My view has nothing to do with my polical beliefs as it would be the same for any president that had the same record.
    I do realise that this post will become a hotbed of namecalling as usual but please remember most of the people that have defended US actions on this board have actually been the biggest critics of Bush

    it’s an election with no Democrats, in one of the whitest states in the union, where rich candidates pay $35 for your votes. Or, as Republicans call it, their vision for the future.

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    Originally posted by 4th gen@20 January 2004 - 23:57
    i wonder how long it'll take our righteous american members to try and play down or deny these facts 


    great post though, 
    You know, sometimes when you are living something you just dont realice it until someone tell you. Thats what is happening with many Citizens of the United States...

    (NOT AMERICANS!! american is someone from america, which is the continent, which means from argentina all the way to canada. ok?)

    they seem to be blind to what is going on. Its kinna like when the us invades all these little countries all around the world... they really arent a threat to their 'national security' i mean, look at cuba, nicaragua, god! if i heard my president say that Cuba was a threat to our national security i would just laugh my ass off! I mean, look at Iraq, those guys are just starving! how can they possibly be a threat to the US? (obviolsy the us did something to them, they dont are defensive... But in the us, you really take it seriously becuz u live under all that propaganda... i dont, and people all around the world dont either...
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    Originally posted by junkyardking@21 January 2004 - 01:44
    US has made world a better place: Bush
    http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/...360814753.html


    an oldie but a goodie http://members.cox.net/dardin/union.wmv
    A better place for Americans, that's my perception of the world that revolves around myself.

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    Same here. It really is amazing how paranoid a whole country can get and how people in the US actually believe what Bush says!

    When Saddam was caught the Pentagon was coming out and saying things like "We will be questioning him as to the whereabout of Osama bin Laden". Saddam and Osama have hated each other for years! After 9/11 Bush said it was Al Quaeda who carried them out but that it was likely that Iraq may have supported them. And weeks later over 40% believed Iraq was involved in 9/11.

    From this track record of blind faith in the Prez, I wonder what would happen if Bush said "I come from the moon, my real name is Masoomanaki and we must all run down to the see and swim into the next dimention".

    Anyone think that people would try?

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    Originally posted by Alex H@23 January 2004 - 06:02


    From this track record of blind faith in the Prez, I wonder what would happen if Bush said "I come from the moon, my real name is Masoomanaki and we must all run down to the see and swim into the next dimention".

    Anyone think that people would try?
    About 45% would believe him (Judging by past polls) and half of these would probably do it





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    About 45% would believe him (Judging by past polls) and half of these would probably do it
    I think about 55% would believe him, and 99.999% of the b4 mentioned would proly do it...!!!
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